, attached to 1992-05-14

Review by Miguelito

Miguelito This was my second show. The energy inside the Capitol Theater was intense and it was clear that this band was quickly outgrowing even larger theaters such as this one. This was a really great show and helped solidify my love for the band.

They open with Suzy followed by ATR. Both are fine versions. The same goes for The Sloth and Sparkle that follow. Not much more needs to be said about any of these opening tunes.

Things finally open up a bit with Maze. Still in its infancy, this tune has a nice jam but doesn't hold a candle to later versions. I like to ponder the evolution of Phish songs and find it noteworthy that this was the longest version of Maze up to that point since it debuted several months back, only to be bested two shows later.

After Horn, with its little false start, we get an excellent Reba. Trey's fine guitar work is on full display towards the end of the jam.

The set closes with what I like to call Spiderlope. Those familiar with the Spiderman cartoon from back in the day will be familiar the tease in this version. This tease, combined with secret language instructions, and a fiery jam leading into them, makes for one of my favorite early versions of the tune.

Glide, Cavern and Rift are all perfunctory takes but make for an interesting 1-2-3 opening combo for set II. This brings us to Fluffhead. I love this tune and the band gives us a solid version.

Eliza is a nice rarity that makes its final appearance this night. And then this brings us to Mike's, which is fiery and rocks. I was always a sucker for the classic Mike's Groove combo so Hydrogen is a welcome inclusion here, and the Wait in the middle of Weekapaug but is an interesting inclusion and is nice for my personal stats. It's also noteworthy that this tune too makes its final appearance on this date. In all, this Mike's Groove is a worthy listen.

McGrupp is a lovely visit to Gamehenge. A late set Stash is a really nice treat here, as is the Possum to close it out. It doesn't come close to the amazing version I caught three nights later at Union College but it's still a great version.

With Sleeping Monkey and Rocky Top as a double encore, we're done. After this and my next show on 5.17.92, I was sold. This band became my favorite band and I've never looked back.


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